WHEELING, IL- The patch.com reports that a John Hershey High School student was killed in a car crash. The collision occurred at the intersection of Milwaukee and Hintz Road at about 2 p.m.
The victim was identifiedas 16-year-old Alyssa Lendino. Lendino’s vehicle was stopped at a red traffic light when a speeding car hit her from behind and pushed her car into the intersection. Another car then struck the 16-year-old’s car. Lendino was rushedto Advocate General Hospital where she was declared dead.
Two of the vehicles involved were so badly damaged that firefighters had to extricate injured passengers. Six other individuals suffered injuries in the crash.
Lendino was on the high school swimming, track, andbowling teams.
No charges have been filedin the accident, but the investigation is ongoing.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28% of all car crashesare rear-endedcollisions. Automobile manufacturers have been working to install technology capable of reducing these sorts of collisions.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has estimated that technology designed to warn about forwardcollisions could prevent about 879 fatal passenger vehicle collisions every year.
Despite technological advancements, traffic-related fatalities have been increasing in Illinois in recent years. In 2017, the number of people killed on Illinois roads was over 1000 for the second year in a row.
The culprit is likely distracted driving, often because of cell phone use behind the wheel. While there are laws to prevent this type of reckless driving, the Illinois Department of Transportation says that it is difficult to detect and enforce these laws. The state is working to make the roadways safer by starting a new safety campaign.
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